11/01/2011 09:25 EDT | Updated 01/01/2012 05:12 EST

Occupy Saskatoon protesters and police meet to discuss situation of homeless

SASKATOON - The Occupy Saskatoon protesters are trying to figure out what to do about a growing number of homeless people who have swelled their ranks.

About two dozen members have met with representatives of the Saskatoon police and the homeless community.

The Occupy demonstrators have been sheltering many homeless people in the city's Friendship Park.

Police representative Shelley Ballard says there are safety concerns about people drinking and getting out of hand.

Some of the Occupy protesters maintain the troublemakers aren't the ones camping with them but have been under the mistaken belief the lively site was an outdoor party.

The police say they're hoping the Salvation Army could help the homeless make a transition out of the park, but say one way or another a resolution needs to be reached.